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iPhone 4s Battery Life?

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  • enx23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 12:05 AM (in response to Notintune)

    @Nointune

     

     

    Notintune wrote:

     

    I recently went from my home in AZ to TX; I was there for three weeks.  I had fairly good battery life in AZ.  I would get two days on the battery.  I have a wi-fi computer at my desk and my iPhone sits at my desk 90% of the time.  As soon as we left on the 2 day driving trip, I noticed that the battery life was much less.  It continued to be much less the entire time I was in TX. I was charging it two to three times a day.  I was in a home that had no wi-fi.  Once I returned home my battery went back to lasting two days before it needed charging;  I feel certain that the wi-fi made the difference.  Perhaps someone could test my theory and see if they get the same results.  


    Here have been many posts which report the same. It is known that iPhone 4S has issues (on GSM/UMTS networks) regarding to 3G network and if the 3G network coverage is not good enough or if the 3G network is "busy" still iPhone 4S will try again and again to connect to it (=more power drawn) instead of falling on 2G network which probably has better coverage in the same place! For now it looks like iPhone 4s on CDMA networks (e.g. Verizon, Sprint, etc.) is not affected by this issue as bad as the iPhone 4S on GSM/UMTS networks.

    Here is more about this issue:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3385464?start=330&tstart=0

     

    What is your carrier? Is it AT&T or T-Mobile?

  • Notintune Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 12:20 AM (in response to enx23)

    AT&T

  • enx23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 12:36 AM (in response to Notintune)

    @Nointune

     

    AT&T is a GSM/UMTS carrier! Anyway, do not blame your carrier! It is the fault of iPhone 4S which does not know to behave on 3G networks especially on GSM/UMTS networks! Other phones (which are not iPhone 4S) are working fine on 3G GSM/UMTS networks!

    Apple should fix this but let's see what future holds for us!

     

    P.S. Maybe complaining to AT&T about it, would help AT&T to push Apple to solve the battery issue and/or 3G issues with iPhone 4S one way or another!

  • Notintune Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 12:52 AM (in response to enx23)

    Thanks for all the information enx23.

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:08 AM (in response to guitardude7)

    Much depends on what you were doing, and where.  If you were playing 3d games while wandering around in a remote area where 3G service is available, but with minimal signal strength, while using GPS to find your way, then your battery power would erode quite quickly.  Most smartphone manuals recommend against doing this kind of thing unless you can plug into a car charger.

  • Notintune Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:16 AM (in response to rphunte42)

    I was in a remote area while traveling.  At my destination in TX the 3G reception was poor.  I added a Micro-Tower and had 5 bars the rest of the time I was there which was probably the last two weeks, but still had the battery problem. 

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:19 AM (in response to enx23)

    I strongly doubt your 80% are having battery problems statement.  As for the 'static' (which is probably arcing) problem, I do NOT have it.  People with that problem see their phone getting hot, and have lousy battery life.  I see neither.

     

    And again, I NEVER said I charge my phone all the time.  I have been charging once a day for the last couple of weeks, but skipped the recharge yesterday just to see how long it will run.  Will report on how that went later.

     

     

    Legal action may cause Apple management to put more pressure on their technical people, but that only slows down a project, in my experience (38 years in IT).

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:23 AM (in response to enx23)

    >Also, one should not forget that majority of  iPhone 4S have the static noise issue which is a hardware issue:

     

    I strongly doubt that more than a very small percent of users have the static noise issue, but I agree it is a hardware issue.

  • Notintune Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:23 AM (in response to Notintune)

    Also I was doing some texting while traveling, but little else.  When in TX I wasn't doing a lot of anything -- on the phone maybe 20-30 minutes a day.  Did some texting through iMessage.  I don't think it had much to do with what I was doing.  The battery would drain quickly when it was just in standby mode.  I had double the data use from what I normally use in AZ because I wasn't using wi-fi. 

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:27 AM (in response to Notintune)

    You don't say where in TX you were.  It's a big state. I live in the DFW area, and wi-fi is available many places, and the area is generally well-covered by 3G service (ATT).  If you were in remote areas of the state, I can easily understand why you had more battery drain.  I have not visited my sister in law lately, but she lives in a area where ATT doesn't have good signal strength, and my old phone often discharged there in less than a day.  I suspect the 4S wouldn't do much better.

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:31 AM (in response to Notintune)

    Maybe your phone was just homesick.  I get good battery life, but then I live in a Ft. Worth suburb.

  • enx23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:39 AM (in response to rphunte42)

    @rphunte42

     

     

    rphunte42 wrote:

     

    >Also, one should not forget that majority of  iPhone 4S have the static noise issue which is a hardware issue:

     

    I strongly doubt that more than a very small percent of users have the static noise issue, but I agree it is a hardware issue.

    You may doubt but this will not change the truth. The truth is based on your opinion! Here on Apple forums are plenty of posts where people are at their 5th iPhone 4s and still have the static noise issue! They had it on every single iPhone 4S which they had. The only difference is that on some iPhone 4S the static noise is stronger than on the others! Also the the younger one is the higher is the probability that one will hear the static noise because the hearing in young people is much better!

     

    I suggest that share your opinion about the static noise issue also here:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3414732?start=105&tstart=0

    and here

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/17198622#17198622

    and here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf0r1QRW8q4

    and here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlZ9DJexe0k

    and here:

    http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/10/2553413/iphone-4s-buzzing-static-noise

    and here:

    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1814183

    and here:

    http://www.bgr.com/2011/11/29/static-bug-plaguing-iphone-4s-users-could-be-hardw are-issue/

     

    To me it looks like one here has a very nice and good iPhone 4S and now the one does not believe when others report issues with iPhone 4S!!!!

  • barad.dur2 Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:39 AM (in response to Scarface.)

    5% baterry life less in 2hours ,in that two hours I didn't even touch  iphone(4s).

  • jtmf Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:47 AM (in response to Scarface.)

    I have one question about the battery life of my iPhone 4S: at this moment I am at 73% and I have the following stats:

     

    Usage Time is 1 hour and 40 minutes

    Stanby Time is 15 hours and 57 minutes

     

    Is this a normal battery life for the iPhone 4S? Note that I used the phone to play a game only for 30 minutes and do some calls. The 3G, iCloud and Siri are turned off. During 9 hours I have lost 11% of the battery percentege. Is this normal?

  • Pete from Switzerland Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2012 1:51 AM (in response to Ofer Arbeli)

    It can't be 3G. I'm on Wifi only. My problems started after moving to iCloud and then using Siri for the first time after the move.

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